On 2/6/2013 4:57 PM, Clark Johnsen wrote:
> "I still work hard to make sure that what I produce is as close to correct
> polarity as I can make it."
> Excellent! BUT there is no standard of what is "correct" on tape, hard
> drive, LP or CD. The best one can hope for is*consistency*.
I think there is; If what comes out is the same polarity as what went
in, it's correct. If I'm making the recording from scratch, well, all of
my microphones adhere to the "Pin 2 positive" convention, so *they're*
correct, and all of my equipment has been chosen (or designed) to
preserve the same polarity from input to output, so *it's* correct. So
recordings I make in-house should be correct -- positive pressure in the
studio should yield positive pressure from the playback monitors, and if
the home listener has been similarly careful, positive pressure in
his/her living room.
When doing restorations...well, your guess is as good as mine, but at
least nothing I do will flip the polarity unintentionally.